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Our classic creative effect - a round sweet spot of focus.

Find your edge - get a sharp slice of focus effect

Get your glow on - create an ethereal velvet effect.

Crazy curves ahead - striking swirly bokeh & vignette.

Explore the captivating effects that OMNI can create with this gallery of awe-inspiring imagery.

Sharp spot of focus + beautiful blur. 

Sharp slice of focus + smooth blur.

Radiant edge-to-edge glow. 

Swirly, twisty, striking bokeh.

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Velvet 56

Our most popular art lens - the Velvet 56 adds ethereal mood to any scene with tack-sharp detail layered underneath edge-to-edge velvety glow effect.



FEATURES

  • 56mm focal length
  • f/1.6 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability

SPECS

Specs

Creative Effect

Optic Swap Compatible

Focal Length

Aperture

Minimum Focusing Distance

Format Compatibility

Focus Type

Angle of View

Angle of Tilt

Filter Threads

Diaphragm Blades

Elements/ Groups

Dimensions

Weight

Velvet

No

56mm

f/1.6

5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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62mm

9

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.34" (8.53cm) high x 2.8" (7.2cm) wide

14.46oz

COMPATIBILITY 


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Color
Silver Edition
Black
Mount

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REVIEWS



"This lens will definitely do it for macro and nature photographers. The halation gives such a beautiful softness, yet dimension at the same time. It is truly magical. "

Victoria Hederer Bell

 

""I am IN LOVE with this lens! The thing that makes me most excited, and the reason I never want to take it off my camera, is the way it jumps from macro to far away shooting. I adore it!"

Caroline Jensen

 

"If I had to choose just one lens to use for photographing flowers for the rest of my life, it would be my Lensbaby Velvet 56."

Kathleen Clemons

 


"Unlike any other lens that I've ever attached to a camera."

 

-Jim Fisher


"The kind of portrait lens that the more you use it the more uses you will find for it."

 

-Joe Farace


"A solid, beautiful piece of camera hardware with more than one trick up its sleeve."

 

-Kyle Ford


"Lensbaby's Velvet 56 lens makes everything gorgeous."

 

-Bill Roberson



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Customer Reviews
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    09/22/2021
    DK
    Donna K.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love this lens!

    It has been fantastic to use. Very artistic pictures.

    09/07/2021
    NB
    Neil B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product
    I LOVE IT !!!!!!

    Its beautiful ! I have been out more with the camera over the last week because of this bad boy ! Love it.

    08/26/2021
    SH
    Sara H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Great!

    This is a great lens and very easy to use.

    08/18/2021
    RB
    Rick B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Amazing Lens

    Overall, I'm thrilled with Velvet 56. I removed it from the box and immediately started shooting with it. The first two shots were okay. By the third shot I had captured an incredibly ethereal image of a butterfly floating around the bloom of a Chaste tree. Absolutely beautiful. All created in camera. This lens is amazing.

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review
    07/09/2021
    AR
    Ann R.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love pictures from this lens

    Really love pictures from this lens. Sadly, I had to return it. I am a disabled senior lady. Unfortunately, it was just too big and heavy for me to be able to use it.

    06/19/2021
    JM
    Jennifer M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love my Velvet 56

    I am having so much fun getting used to my Velvet 56. I love it! Been shooting a lot of flowers.

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    04/23/2021
    PJ
    Pam J.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 56 - total surprise!

    As a sports and real estate photographer I was totally skeptical about this strange looking and extremely affordable lens! I decided to participate in a macro course and the teacher recommended it. Ok, worth a try. This is the least expensive lens I have ever purchased. I received from LensBaby with in 3 days. Its great quality, solid and nice to wirk with. There is something freeing about using this lens. It was fun. This lens got me to discover, experience, slowdown and see.

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    04/19/2021
    JC
    Jackie C.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Fabulous Lens!

    I couldn't be happier with this lens. So versatile which is important to me. Lensbaby customer service is also top-notch!

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review
    04/15/2021
    PB
    Pierre-Henri B.
    Austria Austria
    I recommend this product
    First lensbaby, not the last one

    Very easy to use, like the results

    04/14/2021
    TB
    turid b.
    Norway Norway
    I recommend this product
    Love it

    I have been using it for a couple of days, and I love it already. I have studied videos on Youtube, and learned about the Lensbaby 56. It really redeemed my expectations! The only thing (not very important), I personally didn't like the silver version that I got.

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    04/03/2021
    WH
    William H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Lensbaby velvet 56

    The first two weeks of using the Lensbaby velvet 56 on my Sony a6500 has been a learning but enjoyable experience. Love the soft glow effect obtained when using it at f2 to around f4.5. One feature that would be great to have with this lens would be a zoom capability when setting up to take a still life picture or even landscape settings. This would be helpful to us seniors who don’t have the best eye site in our years.

    02/10/2021
    JM
    Jim M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 56

    Still getting used to the range of options in using this lens, but having a lot of fun doing so.

    02/05/2021
    A Lensbaby Customer
    S
    sl4878@outlook.com
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love it!!

    I love that the photos are so beautiful right out of the camera! Very little if any editing which I love - I don’t want to spend my time editing! Having so much fun!

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    01/29/2021
    EB
    Eva B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Dreamy, tricky, sharp.

    For the short time that I own this Lens baby and have the opportunity to play with it, my overall experience is very good.

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    01/27/2021
    EM
    Elle M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    I’m in love!!

    My new ‘baby has only been in my hands for a couple of days, but I can tell it’s going to become one of my go to lenses! Absolutely worth the long wait, delayed by COVID.... shocker! Huge shout out to all at Lensbaby for keeping me informed!

    01/27/2021
    LD
    Lisa D.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet is an excellent name for the lens.

    I’m just getting started but I’m looking forward to learning this lens better. Works perfectly right out of the box. I love the rich, velvety smooth glow. I’m hooked.

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    Velvet 56

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